Arianna Huffington tells Chicagoans how to 'Thrive'

Arianna Huffington's new book, "Thrive," seeks to help readers become their best selves. (WLS)
April 28, 2014 3:04:09 PM PDT
Arianna Huffington was in Chicago Monday to speak at the annual luncheon of the Chicago Network, where she addressed nearly 2,000 very busy people and instructed them on how to slow down and give themselves a chance to meditate. Sharing advice from her 14th book, titled "Thrive," the columnist, speaker and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post is, it turns out, very serious about sleep.

"We don't want just to get to? the top of the world," Huffington told the crowd. "We want to change the world."

It was hard to tell if everyone in the audience was stressed and tired, but according to Huffington that's how most of us function. She did too, until one day when her exhaustion caused her fall and break her cheekbone.

"When you're giving, when you are connecting with people in terms of where they are, that's really one of the fastest ways to answer progress in your own work," Huffington said.

Thrive offers advice for even the busiest mom, wife and worker to improve her life, and to start to thrive.

"If you have an extra 30 minutes of sleep, or try to get a nap, or do something for yourself to recharge," Huffington said. "You're going to be a better mother, you're going to be better at your job and you're going to see opportunities you would miss if you were on empty."

She calls it the "third metric," and it includes your own well-being, wisdom, and giving. Huffington's crusade is to get companies and employers to sign on to her third metric philosophy.

"The macho culture in which we exist has tended to treat sleep as it's for losers," Huffington said. "You know, 'I'll sleep when I die.' We congratulate people for working 24/7, which is absurd! We have to realize that, as employers, we pay people for their judgment, not their stamina."